What: Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
Why: I got to know the power of the antibacterial manuka honey when travelling in New Zealand. So, when I heard about a manuka honey face mask, I had to try it. Intensely moisturising, cleansing, antioxidising *and* it’s organic *and* it smells amazing. Will definitely buy again!
Green Factor: Certified organic and vegetarian beauty brand
What: Clarins Booster Energy
Why: Skin revitalisation for sleep deprived new mums – just mix a few drops with any face cream. Love it!
Green Factor: Clarins is not a natural cosmetic brand, hence I don’t usually use their products. Its boosters have no scary ingredients, though, so I love mixing a few drops into my usual face cream after a sleepless night.
Where: Marionnaud Pilatusstrasse, Lucerne (CH)
Also available: in pretty much every perfumerie
What: Caudalie Soleil Divin SPF 50
Why: First SPF 50 face sunscreen I’ve tried that has a super light texture and still doesn’t sting and get into my eyes. Big thumbs up!
Green Factor: It is a sunscreen with a chemical filter, but at least has as many good ingredients as you may get for a non-physical sunscreen
Where: Pharmacie De L’homme De Fer, Strasbourg (F)
Also available on: www.lookfantastic.com
What: Caudalie S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum
Why: Relief for my dry skin from one of my favourite French natural beauty brands
Green Factor: all active ingredients in Caudalie products are green
What: Team Dr. Joseph Daily Balancing Toner
Why: Fantastic organic beauty brand and smells *so* good
Green Factor: Guilt-free
Where: Adler Mountain Lodge, Alpi di Siusi (I)
Hey guys! At the moment, I’m not quite sure if we Swiss are ever going to get a proper summer this year. Raindrops keep falling on my head… Ah well, it doesn’t mean we cannot at least look like we tanned on a tropical beach for two weeks. Here’s how I fake the bake:
Ever since I read The French Beauty Solution by Mathilde Thomas, I’m on a hunt for natural beauty products. It’s scary and made me angry when I found out what inferior and cheap ingredients even the most expensive beauty brands use in their products. Hence, when I accidentally discovered the newish Pure Hyaluronic Serum from Irish brand Pestle & Mortar which is 100% free of animal derived raw materials, free of parabens, free of fragrances, and not tested on animals, I had to give it a go. (more…)
Oh hey there, dear readers! Sorry I have been completely M.I.A. on The Roaring Prettiness. But I shall be excused as so much has been going on in my life. But I’m back now. Talking about face masks. Especially in very busy times like now, I love to pamper myself with a good relaxing face mask. After years of trial and error I can now round up the face masks that are pretty darn good for whatever complexion concern I might be dealing with right now.
Meet the four masks that actually work and aren’t just a bunch of fake promises:
You guys! I’m back from a really wonderful trip around New England. From Boston heading up north along the coast to Bar Harbor, then over to the forests of New Hampshire and Vermont – indian summer at its very best, I tell you! Through Massachusetts back to the coast and a cosy, relaxing ending on beautiful Nantucket. Lucky me, I know. But gosh, was I suffering from the worst jet lag back home. So, there we go: you still can’t expect too much from me by now. Sooorry! But I’m showing you some masterpiece I brought back from the States that helped me at least faking eight hours of rest (even when four was the furthest that happened this week… Sympathy, please!). And since that’s not too much for the first post in weeks: followed by a selection of pictures. Hooray!
Blushes, for me, are one of, if not my favourite and most frequently used beauty products – probably right there with mascara. Blushes instantly give you a healthy, fresh and glowy look, no matter how bad you slept (and that without the strong coffee). It’s really important, though, to find the right colour! Only natural blushing feels good and looks beautiful. For me, for example (fairly light skin, brown eyes, dark blonde hair), apricot doesn’t work – as much as I wished it did. Over the years, I dedicated to the following blushes: (more…)